Oct 10, 2012 4:00pm PDT
secretary, leon panetta, confirming that the united states has deployed american troops to help jordan with a civil war across its northern border in syria. this marks the strongest u.s. military response yet to syria's 19 month long civil war. a u.s. defense official saying more than 100 military planners and other troops now operating from a joint u.s. jordanian military center, north of the capital city of amman. that's less than 35 miles from jordan's border with syria. this follows several days of cross border attacks between syria and turkey. a troubling sign that the syrian civil war could explode into a wider conflict. today secretary panetta saying the u.s. is helping jordan deal with tens of thousands of refugees out of syria and getting ready for any potential syrian escalation. >> that's the reason we have our -- a group of our force there is working to help them build a headquarters there and to insure that we make the relationship between the united states and jordan a strong one so that we can deal with all of the possible consequences of what's happening in syria. >> ac
Oct 12, 2012 4:00pm PDT
secretary leon panetta warning today that hackers could launch an attack on the united states as the same destructive force as the attacks of 9/11. speaking to a group of executives on board the uss intrepid here in new york last night. secretary panetta says needs to do more to protect against the growing cyber threat. also revealed that hackers recently attacked saudi arabia's oil and gas company a virus called shamoon destructive assault has ever seen. >> it included a routine called wiper. coded to to self-execute. more than 30,000 computers that it infected were rendered useless. and had to be replaced. it virtually destroyed 30,000 computers. >> shepard: this isn't the first time secretary panetta has pushed against better protections from cyber attacks. the white house has been pushing for new legislation to fight the hackers. last month republicans blocked the effort that senator john john mccain described as, quote: red tape. jennifer griffin at her post at the pentagon tonight. why did defense secretary panetta wait until this moment, he believes this is a pre-9/11 moment when
Oct 10, 2012 7:00pm EDT
a aur rongn t t sn civil war could explode into a wider conflict. today secretary panetta saying the u.s. is helping jordan deal with tens of thousands of refugees out of syria and tsth reason we have our -- a group of our force there is working to help them build a headquarters the and to insure that we make the relationship betwe the united states andda a sg o twe c dth all of the possible consequences of what's happening in syria. >> activists say the civil war killed more than 30,000 people, many of them innocent men, women d cldre nn gin t ag tht d t u mitary deploy these forces in the country of jordan? >> bill, u.s. defense officials tell us several months ago, about 150 army special operations forces were sent to heornhe event that the syrian chemical and biological weapons were to fall into the wrong hands, they've been preparing for that eventualy. defense secretary pet refe t wveo ki th in the effort to monitor the cbw sites and try to determine how best to respond to y concerns in that area and miry operational capabilities in the event of any contingency there. >> the u.s.
Oct 9, 2012 4:00pm PDT
, have wanted to get involved in the war. >> shep: we'll see who gets dragged in war. leon panetta is there still talking? >> he's in brussels meeting with his colleagues tomorrow and issued this warning overt weekend, however. >> obviously the fact that there are now exchanges of fire between these two countries raises additional concerns that this conflict could broaden. >> one of the reasons western nations have not wanted to get involved in syria despite the large number of civilian deaths is that there are hundreds of syrian militias, according to intelligence analysts and it's difficult to separate friend from foe as has become evident in dealing with a post-gadhafi regime in libya. >> shep: focus game changer in the fight against extremism in pakistan. reports of outrage across that nation after a member of the taliban shot a 14-year-old girl in the head and neck and the reason? because she supported education for women, something the taliban strongly oppose. the girl was on her way home from school as the story goes, when police say the gunman approached a crowded school bu